Knox County school leaders took another step Wednesday to fund project GRAD for the 2018-19 school year.

They voted to approve a memorandum of agreement. The memorandum states that Knox County Schools and Project GRAD will continue their partnership for another five years but it does scale back funding.

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The money will only apply to Austin East and Fulton High schools.

Project GRAD Executive Director Ronnie Chandler says they will still be involved with the other schools through Project GRAD's annual fundraising efforts.

"We'll continue to provide the elementary and middle school supports. We'll continue to provide summer institutes and internships, the uncovered high school pieces. We'll continue to be able to do that," she said.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has presented splitting $1.3 million with the board in his budget.

That money would cover costs for Project GRAD, magnet school programs and other programs.

The school board also voted to not include TNReady scores in the final grades for high school students unless it benefits them. This comes after multiple days of testing failure.